Far into a future where we've each been issued our own Rosie-style maid robot, the world is bound to look a little different. But while we've always pictured future innovations going as far as Jetsons-style flying bubble cars, the reality is probably going to be a lot closer to these photographs from Royal College of Art design student Diego Trujillo-Pisanty.
Society has spent centuries perfecting the design of everyday objects like plates and pillowcases to best fit a human user. But when you consider the needs of robot-like autonomous home systems, it's clear that our designs need a little tweaking. Small additions like optical tags and coded cut-outs will sure make it easier for a robot to make itself at home.
Diego Trujillo-Pisanty, a student in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art, conceptualized a hypothetical future dwelling in a collection called "With Robots" which aims to predict how our homes and objects might change in order to accommodate the tasks robots might some day accomplish.
You know, things like folding bed sheets and setting the table. What? Like you thought we'd really use robot power to diffuse bombs and cure cancer?
Optical tagging systems are already being tested with robotics for mundane household tasks.
While each of these photos is merely a prediction of future technology, we can definitely see this becoming reality. Home automation systems of the future won't evolve to develop human-like seeing eyes. Instead, it's the industrial designers that develop housewares who will mold their goods for our army of robot housekeepers.